Stage 7:  Guide - Xunhua
Koshevoy lifts monkey off decimated Lampre-Merida’s back at Qinghai Lake
Belarusian Ilia Koshevoy survives 170km break and solos to stage 7 win at Tour of Qinghai Lake….
 
By: Aaron S. Lee
 
Xunhua, CHINA—It’s been a tough week for Lampre-Merida at the 14th ‘Qinghai Rural Credit Cup’ Tour of Qinghai Lake (UCI 2.HC), but Belarusian Ilia Koshevoy put an end to a string of bad luck with a brilliant – and brave – 170km effort in the 190km ‘Qinghai Rural Credit’ stage 7 on Saturday, July 11.
The Italian WorldTour team arrived at the race with only six riders after Portugal’s Mário Costa, older brother to Rui, failed to obtain his travel visa prior to the start.
Two days later on ‘Jingdu Natural Water’ stage 2, the team lost two more riders when Italian general classification hopeful Mattia Cattaneo and China's Xu Gang both fell victim to separate crashes which forced them to withdraw from the race leaving Lampre-Merida with just four riders.
“We had a lot of misfortune at the start of the race because we lost two riders in the second stage due to a crash,” said 24-year-old Koshevoy after the race. “So it’s been a very hard race for us, plus we have young team with no big stars.”
The race was animated quickly with several attacks within the first 20km. A group of nine riders, including Juan Wilches Rodriguez (Qinghai Tianyoude), Griffin Easter (AirGas-Safeway), Erdenesuren Munkhtulga (Ningxia Sports Lottery-Focus), Enea Cambianica (Meridiana-Kamen), Luka Pibernik (Lampre-Merida), Domen Novak (Adria Mobil) Blazej Janiaczyk (Kolss-BDC), Elchin Asadov (Synergy-Baku) and Marco Zamparella (Amore & Vita-Selle SMP) opened up a slight gap before a chase group containing Kyle Murphy (Lupus Racing Team, Alessandro Malaguti (Nippo-Vini Fantini) Norberto Wilches (Qinghai-Tianyoude) and Koshevoy joined them to open a 1 minute 25 second lead at the 32m mark.
Radoslav Rogina (Adria Mobil), who started the race 5 seconds down on yellow jersey leader Hossein Alizadeh (RTS-Santic), caught the lead group which had reformed with five riders including Koshevoy in tow just second behind them.
For the next 100km the five riders jockeyed for position with Rogina picking up the second KOM and the first and second sprint points. However it was Koshevoy who launched a solo attack in the final 15km to cruise to victory – his first pro win of his short three-year career with the team.
“I did 170km in the breakaway with the other guys and it was really hard with lots of elevation and heat,” said Koshevoy. “I tried to go in the break three times, but in the final 15km there is a tailwind so I go and this was the moment when I won the race.
“I’m very happy.”
Koshevoy was not alone in his exuberance after the race. Lampre-Merida sports director Bruno Vicino shared in his young rider’s jubilation.
“We showed that we are competitive,” said Vicino. “It’s not easy here as we did not bring a sprinter with us, and we lost two of our top riders for the race, so we had to invent something in order to gain a victory.
“We are satisfied with this win, but now we have to think about what to do next, which may include [Luka Pibernik] or somebody else.”
As far as the team’s two injured riders, Vicino said both were on the mend and should be back on the bike soon.
“Cattaneo is not yet ready, but from the beginning of next week he should be back to training,” said Vicino. “Xu Gang has to keep his arm in a sling due to his separated shoulder, but is already riding on a wind trainer.”
As for the 15-time race leader Alizadeh, his lead closed from five to three seconds over Rogina due to the 36-year-old Croatian’s bonus time awarded for claiming the two intermediate sprints. The Iranian is very aware of the narrowing time gap.
“Today was the hardest race in my life,” said the 27-year-old Alizadeh, who won a stage and the race in 2012. “After KOM, Rogina attacked on the descent. He created a 30-second gap and I had to work a lot to catch him because he was very strong today.
“I was lucky today to keep the jersey.”
The 13-stage, 2,027-kilometre Asia Tour race continues on Sunday with the 126km ‘China Sports Lottery stage 8 from Guide to Xunhua.
 
Stage Results:
1. KOSHEVOY Ilia (LAM)
2. KONONENKO Mykhaylo (KLS)
3. MUGERLI Matej (BCP)
 
Jersey:
GC(Yellow):ALIZADEH Hossein (RTS)
Points(Green):KUMP Marko (ADR)
KOM(Polka dot): COLORADO HERNANDEZ FRANCISCO JARLEY (NFC)
Best Asia(Blue):ALIZADEH Hossein (RTS)

2015 環青海湖國際公路自行車賽第7賽段:貴德-循化
珂塞沃伊單飛奪冠 阿里扎德固守黃衫
 
2015年7月11日,第十四屆“青海農信杯”環青海湖國際公路自行車賽迎來青海省境內的最後一個賽段——第七賽段:“青海農信”貴德-循化,比賽在貴德縣迎賓東路政府門前迎來發車,終點則是位於循化縣積石大街。
 
比賽進入最後10公里之後來自美利達-藍波車隊的珂塞沃伊(KOSHEVOY Ilia)突然加速並成功追上突圍集團中的意大利東南車隊車手切基內爾(CECCHINEL Giorgio),一路將領先優勢保持到終點,率先完成本屆環湖賽真正意義上的單飛奪冠壯舉,同時也為在本屆環湖賽上多災多難的美利達-藍波車隊一掃頹勢;落後55秒通過終點的烏克蘭科爾斯隊科農恩科(KONONENKO Mykhaylo)收穫第二;阿塞拜疆希耐基巴庫隊的穆格里(MUGERLI Matej)第三位通過終點。各總成績榜首今天依舊沒有變化,中華台北RTS森地客車隊的阿里扎德(Alizadeh Hossein)繼續保有黃、藍兩衫;斯洛文尼亞艾德里亞莫貝爾隊的馬科爾(KUMP Marko)也依舊以76個衝刺積分繼續保持綠衫地位;寧夏體彩福克斯車隊的科羅拉多(Colorado Hernandez Francisco Jarley)在本賽段兩個爬坡點均有斬獲,依舊保有爬坡王圓點衫。
 
第七賽段貴德—循化,全長190.1公里,擁有一個1級爬坡(3530米)和一個3級爬坡點(3100米),分別位於第46.9公里以及第104.9公里處。而第80.6公里處的雄先鄉以及第113.8公里處的紮巴則各設有一個途中衝刺點。
 
賽段起點位於青海省東部、海南藏族自治州東南部的貴德縣,擁有丹山碧水蜿蜒相依、多元人文交融共存、田園風光層林盡染的獨特魅力。
 
黃河流經縣境76.8公里,丹霞地貌、黃河谷地、麻吾峽風蝕地貌造就了國家地質公園巧奪天工的雄奇勝景,清清黃河的自然流向及其兩岸原生態風貌,構成了國家級濕地公園和省級黃河風景名勝區獨特秀麗的畫卷,阡陌縱橫的田野和“萬畝林海”賜予了清新秀美的田園風光,而“天下黃河貴德清”一語道破了貴德美景核心價值所在。
 
比賽開始後大團前方的爭奪依舊激烈,突圍與追擊的好戲不斷上演,直到比賽進行至21公里後,領先集團順利成形,其中包括青海天佑德隊的帕伯羅(WILCHES RODRIGUEZ JUAN Pablo)、寧夏體彩福克斯隊的穆罕塔幹(MUNKHTULGA Erdenesuren)、美利達-藍波車隊盧卡(PBERINK Luca)、阿塞拜疆希耐基巴庫隊艾欣(Elchin Asadov)等9名車手,而隨著之後4名追擊車手成功抓回領先集團,突圍集團人數迅速擴充至13人,並逐漸將與大團之間時間差距拉開。
 
隨著第一爬坡點的臨近,集團之間也開始產生微妙的變化,進入爬坡路段之後青海天佑德隊的帕伯羅在隊友諾韋爾托(WILCHES Norberto)的幫助下率先發動攻勢,而美利達-藍波車隊車手珂塞沃伊以及烏克蘭阿莫爾維塔隊馬爾科(ZAMPARELLA Marco)則稍稍落後並逐漸被身後的三名車手追上。 1級爬坡點過後,帕伯羅不出意外的率先過線,身披圓點衫的科羅拉多以及珂塞沃伊分獲第二、第三。下坡過後,目前總成績榜排名第二、極有希望在本賽段搶奪黃衫的斯洛文尼亞艾德里亞莫貝爾隊車手拉多斯拉夫(ROGINA Radoslav)隨即突圍成功,隻身一人向著第一沖刺點發起衝擊,並成功拿下5個衝刺積分。
 
之後的比賽拉多斯拉夫繼續保持單人領先優勢,後方的追擊集團也遲遲沒能將其追回。勢頭正勁的拉多斯拉夫在第二爬坡點繼續著自己的神勇表現,繼第一沖刺點之後再次拿下這個海拔3100米的3級爬坡點,而9公里之後的第二衝刺點也不出意外的落入他的手中。
 
隨後經60公里的下坡過程中,追擊拉多斯拉夫的第二集團不斷發生變化,170公里後,意大利東南車隊車手切基內爾成功追上拉多斯拉夫,緊隨其後的是珂塞沃伊、黃衫阿里扎德以及圓點衫科羅拉多。
 
比賽最後15公里,追擊集團中的珂塞沃伊成功趕上領先車手,並繼續單騎向終點發起突圍。最終,本屆環湖賽一路磕磕絆絆的美利達-藍波車隊,以僅剩4名車手的情況下,頑強的於第七賽段由珂塞沃伊收穫本屆比賽的首個賽段冠軍!
 
 
賽前車手採訪——
 
張金德,青海天佑德隊本土車手
 
Q:到目前為止,你對青海天佑德車隊在本屆環青海湖賽上的表現有何評價?
 
張金德:我對我們車隊的表現還算滿意,但是對於我自己並不是很滿意。第4賽段青海湖至剛察,我和隊友吳生君都積極突圍,搶下途中第1衝刺點第三。但是我們原本在第三賽段想要搶下爬坡點的計劃沒有成功,這給之後比賽想要獲得爬坡王圓點衫帶來了困難,很可惜。
 
Q:之後的幾個賽段,車隊將如何迎戰?
 
張金德:今天和明天都還有爬坡點,我們一定會積極突圍,獲得爬坡積分。昨天在比賽的時候聽見路旁有粉絲在為我們車隊加油歡呼,我很感動,我要感謝青海人民對我們青海天佑德車隊的支持!
 
 
拉多斯拉夫(ROGINA Radoslav),斯洛文尼亞艾德里亞莫貝爾車隊車手,目前總成績榜第二名。
 
Q:目前你和排名總成績榜第一位的RTS-森地客隊車手ALIZADEH Hossein之間的差距只有5秒。今天是一個很長又很關鍵的賽段,車隊有怎樣的計劃?
 
拉多斯拉夫:是的,今天會是一個漫長又艱難的賽段。而我今天身體的感覺並不是很好,希望我們能夠堅持下來渡過這個賽段。
 
Q:你對奪取黃衫是否有信心,你將如何面對今天的比賽?
 
拉多斯拉夫:目前整個比賽才剛剛過去一半賽程,什麼事情都有可能在接下來發生。對我來說,今天我必須不停地努力,爭取比黃衫擁著者更早過線,縮短時間差距。
 
 
賽后車手採訪——
 
珂塞沃伊(KOSHEVOY Ilia),美利達-藍波車隊車手,本賽段冠軍
 
“今天我一直在突圍集團裡面,真的是非常辛苦的一場比賽,因為很多路段都是高海拔,並且是長距離的爬升。但我在最後15公里嘗試突圍,很開心我拿下了這個賽段的冠軍。大家都知道我們在第二賽段的比賽中有兩位隊友受傷退賽。在今天比賽開始前我們誰也沒有料到會是這麼一個讓人激動的結局。我為我的車隊感到驕傲,雖然我們只有4名車手,但我們毫無疑問是一支世界頂級強隊!”
 
 
明天第十四屆“青海農信杯”環青海湖國際公路自行車賽將迎來第八賽段:“中國
體育彩票”循化-臨夏賽段的較量。同時賽段也將正式跨越青海省,最終抵達甘肅省境內的臨夏市濱河東路體育場,比賽距離為120公里。
 
Stage Results:
1. KOSHEVOY Ilia (LAM)
2. KONONENKO Mykhaylo (KLS)
3. MUGERLI Matej (BCP)
 
Jersey:
GC(Yellow):ALIZADEH Hossein (RTS)
Points(Green):KUMP Marko (ADR)
KOM(Polka dot): COLORADO HERNANDEZ FRANCISCO JARLEY (NFC)
Best Asia(Blue):ALIZADEH Hossein (RTS)

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